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July/August 2018

Advertising News New holiday activity camp More information released on to run all summer at BSCS impact of Gipsy Patch Lane JUST CAMPS are running a brand new Kids Activity Camp at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) throughout the entire summer holidays of 2018. Just Camps was launched in Cheltenham in 2010 and is all about kids’ fun and fitness. The camps help kids develop teamwork, communication, individual motor skills whilst most importantly having fun and making friends! Alexia (a parent) said: “I can highly recommend Just Camps. My children went last term and they said it’s the best holiday club ever!” Each day has a different main activity from Nerf Wars, Ninja Warrior, Team Olympics, Nintendo Switch and the weekly

Water Fight. Through the rest of the week at camp, the children will be playing various multisports like dodgeball, football, basketball, cricket, hockey etc. They will also take part in themed games along with arts & crafts and quizzes. Matt Holdback, Just Camps owner, said: “Attention to detail is paramount at Just Camps. We make sure every child is welcome on to camp and is integrated in to the community atmosphere right from the moment they walk through the door. We do our best to put parents’ minds at rest and offer the best possible service.” Registration is now open for summer at www.justcamps.

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bridge replacement works


outh Gloucestershire Council (SGC) and Network Rail have published further information about the expected impacts of a 21-month project to replace the old railway bridge on Gipsy Patch Lane and construct new bus lanes for the proposed Cribbs Patchway MetroBus Extension (CPME) scheme. The latest documents were released in early June, just a few weeks before the two related planning applications are expected to be determined by SGC’s development Control (West) Committee on 12th July. The existing masonry railway bridge has a height clearance of only 4m and creates a ‘pinch point’ on the local road network. The replacement bridge will be of concrete construction and will span 24m, approximately 14m wider than the current bridge. To accommodate taller vehicles, such as double-decker buses, the carriageway will be lowered by approximately 1.7m as it passes under the bridge. Demolition of the existing bridge and construction of the new bridge is now scheduled to take place during a twelve-day “possession” (closure) of the railway over Easter 2020. A new Traffic Management Framework document provides an overview of the programme of works on Gipsy Patch Lane, with indicative durations and anticipated traffic restrictions (see facing page). However, the document warns that precise details of construction and traffic management cannot be confirmed until the appointment of design and build sub-contractors for the railway bridge, following receipt of planning permission. The document confirms that Gipsy Patch Lane will need to be fully closed for a period of approximately eight months to facilitate preparatory works, construction and follow-up works. The area of Gipsy Patch

Lane to be closed would be at the railway bridge, leaving access to side roads along the rest of Gipsy Patch Lane. A route via Orpheus Avenue, Brook Way and Bradley Stoke Way is recommended as the main diversion for regular vehicles that normally use Gipsy Patch Lane, “given the constraints, journey lengths and junction delays [associated] with some of the other [possible] diversionary routes”. HGVs will also be diverted through Bradley Stoke, or alternatively, via Great Stoke Way, the Stoke Gifford Transport Link and the A4174. The document states that it will not possible to provide unrestricted access for members of the public under the bridge during the main construction period and it is proposed that a shuttle bus will be provided to mitigate the impact on nonmotorised users. Asked about a recent report in the Bristol Post that the estimated cost of constructing the new bridge has doubled to £50m, an SGC spokesperson told the Journal: “The planning application for the proposed replacement of the railway bridge was submitted in February 2018. Since this time, technical design work, which does not affect the planning application, has continued. As part of this ongoing process, a potential cost increase has been identified and we are working with Network Rail to understand the issues. We are not in a position to confirm the total cost of the scheme until this further technical work has been completed. However, any cost increase does not affect the principle of the scheme in the submitted planning application and therefore does not affect the consideration of the application at planning committee. ● Planning applications: PT18/0986/F (bridge) PT18/0987/R3F (road widening)

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July/August 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine.

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July/August 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine.